Spectacular offerings

There is an office tray in the reception of the church that makes me smile – in the tray is an ever expanding collection of lost glasses. We have toyed with putting a notice in the bulletin but figured that those who lost their glasses would not be able to read it. Perhaps we must put in a notice asking people to tell the person sitting beside them that if they lost their glasses they should go to the reception?

But these glasses make me smile for another reason. As most of you know by now my brain tends to think up some strange thoughts. I have been pondering the spectacular pile of spectacles and wondered if perhaps there has been a mini healing wave in the church with people having sight restored and in a very dignified manner causally discarding their glasses as they are no longer needed. My favourite theory though is that these glasses are actually an offering to God, a symbol of leaving their future in God’s hands. The glasses represent a clear sight of what is coming next and an independence from God. In my imagination I like to think of these glasses offered up as a sacrifice to God with hearts saying ‘I trust you to lead me God’.

God has never told us the detail of his future plans for our lives. I love that the Psalmist says:

Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

The problem is that we doesn’t want a lamp for our feet we want a great big searchlight for the way ahead. I don’t know what the future holds for us and it is stressing my hubby out so much because he can’t see the way forward. But none of us knows or has any guarantees of how things will work out. All we know is that the one with the lamp is trustworthy and has good plans.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

So without knowing the big picture or what lies ahead in the dark I choose to trust. Perhaps I too must leave my glasses behind next week in church as an offering to my heavenly father that I trust his leading and depend on him. (Maybe I must leave my wallet also but that is another post!) Now I just have to convince hubby that he needs to get  glasses and then convince them to leave them behind some Sunday!

9 Replies to “Spectacular offerings”

  1. This post made me smile today, too, Tracey. And I love your observation that we are insisting on a search light — oh how I can relate to that! But yet God tells me, I give you a lamp — I am your Lamp…and that is more than enough. To trust in that Lamp…that’s what’s so hard for me sometimes.

  2. lol…I love all of your different theories! and yes don’t we just want to know what is ahead..that is our flesh but our spirits…my spirit groans within to live by faith and want what He wants for my life not what I want. always a battle. I loved your words today…hubby and glasses…to funny!

  3. Yes indeed. I want a searchlight. A spotlight. That’s me. But I just need enough light – as they say – for the step I’m on.

    I’ll be back to read about the wallet. 😉

  4. Beautiful…and so true. Recently, I’ve come to understand that not knowing the future is God’s way of loving us sometimes. Sparing us from the anxiety of what’s to come. His ways are, indeed, perfect.

    Blessings to you.

  5. I’ve been pondering about trusting and believing these past few days. Jesus said that whatsoever we desire, when we pray, we should believe we receive, and we shall have it. Step out in faith, and act out our faith. Yes God doesn’t give us the big picture, precisely because He’s teaching us to trust and obey. Patsy from HeARTworks

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